It's Texas and even though it's only March, Summer is creeping up on us. Blink and you'll miss our three days of Spring.
I think I'm in the minority here because I really prefer Fall and Winter - cooler temperatures, cozier meals.
Since the seasons won't stop happening, I'm going to embrace the upcoming heat with this Grilled Corn and Feta Salad! It's from a fairly new cookbook that I have the privilege of reviewing - Love Welcome Serve by Amy Nelson Hannon.
It's a homey, Southern home cooking book that has a lot of recipes you will recognize. I'm going to make a few more recipes before writing a total review of the cookbook, but am pleased with this nice Corn and Feta Salad.
Instead of grilling the fresh corn, I pan roast it and it turns out great. I halved the recipe because Bret doesn't like most of the stuff that's in it (!) and I ended up eating it as a lunch entree.
I really enjoy the fresh, crisp, lightly charred corn, the tangy feta and ripe, fresh cherry tomatoes. The dressing is basically oil and vinegar with a dollop of honey that goes perfectly with the salad. I salted it liberally because it seemed to need it, but besides that, the recipe is tasty as written.
I'm going to write up my slight adaptation of this Grilled Corn and Feta Salad, but if you're interested in the original, you can check out her book with the link up above. I always check out Amazon for cookbooks because it has the "Look Inside" option and usually you can see quite a few recipes to see if it's a book you'd enjoy.
I may be pulled kicking and screaming into summer, but do look forward to the summer vegetables and fruits!
- 3 medium ears of fresh corn
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ C grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ small shallot, chopped
- 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped or cut into chiffonade (strips)
- ¼ C crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ C olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- salt and pepper
- Place the shucked corn on the cob in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Turn the cobs and heat for 1 more minute. Turn again and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove carefully (will be hot) from the microwave and set aside to cool.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium pan on medium-high heat until shimmering. Meanwhile, cut the kernels off of the corn cobs onto a plate. When oil is ready, add the corn carefully to the pan (the corn may try to pop, so use a pan screen if you have one). Spread out the corn in an even layer and leave undisturbed for 1 ½ minutes.
- Stir and spread into another even layer and leave again undisturbed for another 1 minute. Stir and cook for about 1 more minute until thoroughly heated through. Pour corn into a medium bowl to cool.
- While corn is cooking, put together the dressing. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, honey, a large pinch of salt and a shake of pepper. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Taste (I added more salt) and adjust.
- Halve the tomatoes, chop the shallot, cut the basil and crumble the feta cheese. Add those four ingredients to a medium bowl along with the corn and stir. Drizzle the mixture with about half of the dressing and stir. Add more dressing as desired, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.
Tips and Stuff:
*I microwaved the corn instead of cooking it as the recipe stated to make it a little lighter (original: ½ stick butter, ¼ C sugar in a pot of boiling water, add shucked corn and boil for five minutes, then grill corn).
*Adjust the ingredients to the amounts you and your family like. Example - I used a little more feta cheese and sprinkled more basil on top. Be sure and taste the dressing before you pour it on top and adjust to your tastes (more vinegar, maybe more honey if you'd like).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g
Nutrition Values are Approximate